Changes Coming to RUMC Worship
The next time you are in the sanctuary, look up! You will notice that there are a number of ceiling tiles being held in place only by duct tape. Tiles have been coming loose and sometimes falling throughout the past year. For the past few months, our trustees have been working with the District’s building committee and Superintendent Dr. Monroe to find a remedy to this situation.
Recently, an insurance adjuster was sent out to inspect the damage. He found not only loose tiles, but moisture between the roof and ceiling, and several broken and curled roof shingles. His company has authorized a claim payment that will significantly help us with ceiling repairs. His report is currently under review by Florida Conference officials. We await direction from the Conference and the District Superintendent before we can proceed.
The Church Council has voted to close down the sanctuary until repairs can be made. However due to the uncertainty with the start date of the project, they have decided this week to continue holding services in the sanctuary through August 28th. This date is tentative and may be moved up if we can get contractors to be initiate work earlier than that.
So, on Labor Day Sunday, September 4th, we will hold our first service in Crichton Fellowship Hall. Services will continue to be held in Crichton Hall until ceiling repairs are complete.
Many church members have requested a change in worship times to accommodate longer Sunday school classes and to allow choir members time to prepare between Sunday school and church. So starting in September, we will be making a simple adjustment to our worship service time. Again, beginning September 4, note the following time changes for Sunday morning worship:
- Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00-9:55 AM
- Relationships and Refreshments, 10:00-10:25 AM
- Worship Service, 10:30 AM
- Hispanic Worship Service, 12:00 Noon
Ladies Bible Study Has Restarted
After a brief hiatus for the summer, the Ladies Bible Study will kick off on Monday, August 15th. Our ladies small group meets every Monday in Sunday School Room 6 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The group will be studying “Unusual Healings” by Adam Thomas, a study series from the book of John.
Ladies, you are invited to take a lunch break every Monday morning and to be spiritually fed with your friends at RUMC. Contact Diana Williams for more information.
Are We Looking for You?
Rolinda Smoak is interested in starting a Young Adult Faith Group Class, and she is looking for a teacher to start the class. The Pastor is also looking for someone coordinate a Sister Church outreach to partner with a church in Cuba. Please contact the church office if you are interested in assuming either of these roles. The Lord will bless you for your interest and concern.